The Threshold of Epiphany

Epiphany is the 12th day of Christmas

a day for remembering the visit of the Magi

a time of discovery

finding what they were seeking

we are not told how they lived out their discovery

only that they returned by a different way

I believe choosing a different way was not only to avoid Herod

but because they were beginning a new journey

.  They had come to, and crossed a threshold.

I, too, am crossing a threshold

 I am moving from one place in my life to another

I do not know where my steps take me

but I trust that light will be given me for the way

New Year, New Light


 Prayer for a New Year                                      



On Epiphany day,
we are still the people walking.
We are still people in the dark,
and the darkness looms large around us,
beset as we are by fear,
loss —
a dozen alienations that we cannot manage.

We are — we could be — people of your light.
So we pray for the light of your glorious presence
as we wait for your appearing;
we pray for the light of your glorious presence
as we exhaust our coping capacity;
we pray for your gift of newness that
will override our weariness;
we pray that we may see and know and hear and trust
in your good rule.

That we may have energy, courage, and freedom to enact
your rule through the demands of this day.
We submit our day to you and to your rule, with deep joy and high hope.

~  Walter Brueggemann